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Aalto Studio

I’ve noticed how easy it is to become blind for the beauty of your home city. Now when living in Paris, I’m constantly finding places I want to visit in Helsinki and Alvar Aalto’s studio and home were the first on my list.

A Helsinki based Japanese designer asked few days back, what is Finnish design to me. It’s very hard to put in to words something that you grew up with, but I found the answer from Aalto’s studio; purpose-driven and unpretentious. Like the Paimio chair above – it was designed for the tuberculosis patients of Paimio sanatorium. The chair made from bended plywood is light to move around, easy to clean and the shape opens respiratory tract and makes breathing easier.

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Something good came from Finland today. Lately I’ve been questioning my relationship with fashion, the materialistic side of it. But since carrying wallet and phone in hands in Paris is not the smartest option, I allow this material Marimekko happiness for me.

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Marimekko SS2017

My site has been very silent as January gave me a little bit hard time with school deadlines combined to new work, plus burglars in our home. Well, in a situation where I actually need a new bag, since all the old ones got stolen, I’m dreaming about Marimekko’s Karla bag more than ever. Maybe the smaller one though..

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Samuji Resort 2017

Living in Paris has taught me things you can’t really learn at school. Since I’m surrounded by very international group of people daily, I’ve learned about other cultures more than ever. But also I learned truly to appreciate mine. And it’s not about being homesick, or appreciating other cultures less, it’s just being proud. Maybe it’s also the result of globalistaion and online-culture, that is just making the whole world one; Starbucks in every corner next to Zara and Chanel, every bloggers’ holy triangle, no matter in which country you are. You start to miss something more unique.

2017 marks the 100th birthday of Finland and for me it will be a year of supporting Finnish brands only. Explaining our values to others is the easiest through design; clean lines, timelessness, simplicity, modesty, sustainability, high quality.. you’ll see! Happy new year!